Thursday, October 02, 2008

Improvements Galore for St. Joe; A THIRD Unmarked Car for Benton Harbor


BENTON HARBOR — The Benton Harbor Police Department will add a third unmarked car to its fleet following action Monday by the City Commission.

The commission approved the purchase of a 2008 Chevrolet Impala for $17,298 from Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids. It will be bought through Michigan’s state purchasing program, police Chief Al Mingo said.

The money will come from the police department’s asset forfeiture funds. That is money police in Michigan are allowed to seize during drug arrests.

The new car will be used by one of the department’s three narcotics officers. Mingo said the two unmarked cars used by the department’s narcotics division are aging and are often in need of repairs, and a more reliable car is needed.

Also Monday, Mingo announced that state police will be helping Benton Harbor police patrol Main Street for speeders. The chief said he has gotten a lot of complaints from citizens about cars speeding on Main Street between Fair Avenue and Riverview Drive.